How to apply for an E3 visa
Applications should be made to the US Consular Post or Embassy in your country of residence, such as the US Embassy in London if you live in the UK.
If you are already in the US under another visa category, you would apply direct to USCIS to change your status.
How long does the E-3 visa last?
The E3 visa will mirror the validity of the LCA, which will be for a period of up to two years.
Can you renew the E-3 visa?
It is possible to apply to renew the E3 visa for a further two years, provided you continue to meet the visa requirements.
There is no limit to the number of renewals you can apply for.
Is there an E3 visa cap?
Yes, a maximum number of 10,500 E3 visas can be issued per year. However, these are exclusive to Australian nationals and offer applicants significantly better odds than the standard H-1B visa.
Note also that the cap does not apply to E3 visa dependents.
Does my employer need to do anything?
Unlike the H-1B visa, your prospective employer does not have to file a petition but they do have to obtain a Labor Condition Application (LCA) from the Department of Labor.
Can I rely on experience rather than a degree?
In certain circumstances, you may be eligible for the E3 visa if you can show sufficient equivalent professional experience in place of an undergraduate degree. As a general rule, three years of professional experience may be relied on as an equivalent of one year of university education but it is advisable to take professional guidance on your circumstances before applying.
If you are looking to apply on the basis of extensive professional experience as an equivalent to a university degree you will need to prepare extensive evidence relating to your work experience, training and education to support your case.
The decision will ultimately rest with the consular officer deciding your application who has discretion to determine whether you meet the threshold under the visa.